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January, 2011

  • Ben Armstrong

    Gaming on Windows Virtual PC

    Long time readers have – rightly – complained that I have not been talking about gaming in virtual machines very much recently. The main reason for this is that I have been wanting to write this post before starting to post about gaming generally...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Using Hyper-V for a high-end desktop computer

    I often get asked what my recommendation is for a high-end desktop computer for the virtualization enthusiast. The root problem that causes this question is the well noted issues with Hyper-V and high-end video cards . Thankfully – this can now...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Script to attach a USB device to a virtual machine [VPC]

    A couple of people have asked me how to automate attaching a USB device to a Windows Virtual PC virtual machine, so here is a PowerShell script to do just that: # Connect to Virtual PC $vpc = new-object -com VirtualPC.Application ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Turning off a virtual machine

    Virtual PC, Virtual Server and Hyper-V all have a simple command to “Turn off” a running virtual machine. Unfortunately, it is one that causes us a bit of consternation when we look at it with usability and user friendliness in mind. A long time ago ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Shutting down a virtual machine

    What happens when you use the Virtual PC / Virtual Server / Hyper-V user interface to shut down a virtual machine? At the simplest level – we send a message over to the virtual machine that asks the guest operating system to shut down, and then we wait...
  • Ben Armstrong

    What physical computer am I on?

    Once you start to get more and more virtual machines, and more and more Hyper-V servers, in your environment it can get quite hard to keep track of where a specific virtual machine is actually running. System Center Virtual Machine Manager can help you...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Enabling processor compatibility with a script [Hyper-V]

    When we released Windows Server 2008 R2 we added the ability to make a virtual machines processor more compatible for migration between different hardware platforms (details here ). Here is a PowerShell script to do this for you: # Function for...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Change a virtual machines boot order [Hyper-V Script]

    If you need to change the boot order of a virtual machine programmatically (so that it will boot off of the network first – for example) it is relatively straight forward: # Function for handling WMI jobs / return values Function ProcessResult...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Another reason to virtualize (and an appeal for aid)

    The last couple of days have been very strange and stressful for me.  The reason for this is that my home town – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – is currently being flooded.  Thankfully all of my family is safe at this point in time – but it...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Back from vacation!

    After a relaxing December on vacation I am now back at work – and ready to start blogging.  Or, at least, I thought I would be ready to start blogging.  Instead – I found that I needed to do a spot of cleaning first. You see – somehow, in my...
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